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ECOMM 2017 attracts more than 400 mobility experts

The European Conference on Mobility Management (ECOMM) was held last week from Wednesday 31 May to Friday 2 June in MECC Maastricht. This major annual event attracted over 400 mobility professionals from 28 different countries. Maastricht Bereikbaar, the Municipality of Maastricht, the Province of Limburg, the Ministry of Infrastructure and the Environment, Hasselt University, and Breda University of Applied Sciences were tasked with organizing this year's edition.

While the conference usually draws policymakers and researchers, this year's edition was also a hotspot for visitors from the private sector who specialize in mobility management. Last week's conference centred on the topic ‘teaming up for liveable cities,’ with a particular focus on how public-private collaboration can generate ideas on smart travel in the future in order to increase the accessibility, safety, and liveability of our cities. Over 80 presentations, discussions, demonstrations, and pitches addressed questions such as ‘How can we accommodate steadily rising mobility in Europe?’ and ‘What opportunities are offered by technical and other innovations?’

House of Commons-style debate

This year's edition featured a never before seen ‘House of Commons-style debate’ between enthusiastic students from Hasselt University and Breda University of Applied Sciences. Students also held brainstorming sessions throughout the conference on various mobility-related issues submitted by a range of cities, including Rome and Groningen.                                        

Inspiring conference

Chaired by Simone van Trier, the conference had some interesting keynote speakers and a panel discussion with members from the Netherlands and other countries. The delicious conference buffet at the majestic Château Neercanne on Thursday evening made a profound impression on many of the guests. The organizers look back at an inspiring conference.